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Re: 80-200mm vs 70-200mm


Ken -

Unless you are referring to the focal lengths in general and not specific lenses, you need to be a bit more specific about the lenses as there are at least two version of each:

80-200/2.8 AF-D
80-200/2.8 AFS

70-200/2.8 AFS VRI
70-200/2.8 AFS VRII

The 80-200/2.8 AF-D is still a very good lens, but it's a bit slower to AF since it's does not have a built-in focusing motor. It has problems with AF accuracy at 200mm and near-ish objects, which may not be an issue for sports. It can have a little "glow" wide open.

The 80-200/2.8 AFS is a better wide open than the AF-D model, has a built-in motor so it has very fast focusing. Has no near focusing issues like the AF-D. It is now sold anymore so getting a new AFS motor may be expensive.

70-200/2.8 AFS VRI is better on crop bodies than full frame and may not take TCs as well as the newer version.

The 70-200/2.8 AFS VRII is likely the best of the bunch in almost all regards except "focus breathing" (you get less than 200mm focal length at near distances) and price.

I have the 80-200AFS and the 70-200VRII and optically they are quite close and I find the 80-200 focuses slightly faster. The VRII obviously has VR, slightly wider on the wide end, and it takes TCs better (but at ~2.5x the price).

As usual opinions on lenses are just that, so others may have different opinions. I think on a D90 the best bet for you would be the 70-200VRI due to its performance on DX, has VR, and is a (recently) current model.

Hope this helps.

- John



Jan 29, 2013 at 07:57 PM



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